March 11, 2019
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Thursday Night Networking!

We have just finalized our entertainment for Thursday, May 2 at this year's Annual Conference!

The Dueling Duo, the World's Largest Piano Pair, has performed over 1100 shows in 8 states and shows no signs of stopping any time soon! Andy, Ryno and Dan bring an unstoppable energy with their all request show.
Did you Know?

At 7,242 feet, Black Elk Peak near Custer State Park, South Dakota, is the highest summit between the Rocky Mountains and the Pyrenees Mountains in France.
Chamber Chat!

Learn about all the helpful, informative and fun events being hosted by the Vermillion Chamber of Commerce.
Governor addresses goals for her administration on statewide tour

For all of the goals for her fledgling administration, Gov. Kristi Noem said her primary focus remains on future generations of South Dakotans. “I’ve been on the job for seven or eight weeks, and it’s been incredibly humbling to be your governor,” Noem said at a lunchtime gathering of the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
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Wisconsin Veterans Chamber operating accelerator for military entrepreneurs at Ward 4

The Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce is looking to support entrepreneurs that served in the U.S. military through a new accelerator program being operated at Ward 4, Milwaukee's startup hub just south of downtown.
Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce settles into new home

The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce has a bird's eye view of the State Capitol in its new location on the Square. The Chamber moved into offices on the third floor of the U.S. Bank building, at 1 S. Pinckney St., in mid-December.
Ames Chamber of Commerce joins state business leaders in supporting comprehensive immigration reform

The Ames Chamber of Commerce has joined business leaders from across the state to request lawmakers sign “common sense” immigration reform at the federal level in an effort to reinvigorate Iowa’s economy. Recognized as the “Iowa Compact on Immigration,” the compact supports bipartisan immigration policy that “ensures our federal system meets the needs of our employers and labor market.”
Chamber celebrates 35 years of Ag Breakfast March 19

All Clay County business people are invited to attend the 35th Annual Clay County Ag Breakfast scheduled from 6-9 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, at the Clay County Fair and Events Center in Spencer. “Members of the various commodity groups will prepare your omelet to order.” said Sam Harper, Ag Committee chair for the Spencer Chamber of Commerce.
Greenseam: Group out to make southern Minnesota, northern Iowa the Silicon Valley of ag

You've heard of Wall Street. You've heard of Silicon Valley. And you may have heard of the Research Triangle, the area anchored by North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina. If Sam Ziegler and others in his group are successful, you'll soon hear about GreenSeam, too — and think of southern Minnesota and northern Iowa as a global leader in agriculture and a great place for agriculturalists to work and do business.
Chamber Chatter: Who’s hiring? Pretty much everyone

Everywhere you look you can see the signs. Now Hiring! Those are just the signs you see driving around. I am not aware of too many businesses that aren’t at least looking to hire. This isn’t a new phenomenon, as the Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce has been aware of the hiring issue for many years now.
Don Walton: Business incentives, taxes and two Nebraskas

Some members of the Legislature feel trapped by business development tax incentives. They are costly and they eat away at future state revenue, but many senators — and no doubt most — believe the state can't afford not to play that game .
Omaha-based design company moving into former Chamber of Commerce building; 'our heart is here in downtown'

RDG Planning & Design, which has been based in a historic downtown building for nearly 20 years, plans to expand and move into the former Chamber of Commerce building at 13th and Harney Streets. The location is a prime half city block in the heart of downtown and has been a subject of speculation and curiosity for more than a year after the  chamber solicited requests from potential buyers .
Job Service North Dakota eggs and issues in Williston

Ex-felon, inexperienced and Veteran job-seekers in North Dakota might soon have an easier time finding work. Incentives and programs to hire "vulnerable and disadvantaged employees" were discussed by Job Service North Dakota today at the Chamber of Commerce's monthly eggs and issues event in Williston.
The Chamber Works to Erase Mental Health Stigmas in the Workplace

Employers in the community are learning to create a more inclusive work environment for people facing mental and behavioral health issues with The Chamber’s monthly Eggs & Issues event. “The idea is to give people that work in this every day, people that have gone through some of their own issues themselves, to help our audience understand that it is a serious problem in the workplace,” Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce president & CEO Craig Whitney said.
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